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with the outbreak. more than 20 people have died there as the virus spreads. tonight, the new guidance from the c.d.c. to protect you and your family. country in crisis: in italy, the deadliest day from coronavirus there yet, hospitals strained to the breaking point, cases now topping 10,000. the extreme new penalty for those refusing to stay locked down. battleground fight: as voters in six states go to the polls. and doggone it-- a beloved college mascot shows us how to go out like a champion. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening. and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin tonight with breaking news. what new york's governor is calling a matter of life and death. he's the first governor to order
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a containment zone here in the u.s. and to call on the national guard to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. today, the death toll here reached 30. confirmed cases now top 900. across america, life is changing rapidly. hundreds of schools and colleges are closing nationwide. and the list of businesses telling please to work from home is growing. and large gatherings, including some sporting events and concerts are now being called off and want big question which we put to the president: why haven't more people been tested? our team is covering every angle. meg oliver leads us off from new rochelle, new york. are you just outside the containment zone which is now home to one of the largest clusters in the u.s. >> reporter: here in new rochelle they're setting up a one-mile containment area around that synagogue considered to be the epicenter of the coronavirus cases here. this is not a quarantine but a ban on large gatherings inside
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the zone. >> this is literally a matter of life and death. >> reporter: new york's governor announced unprecedented action, calling in the national guard to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus with a containment area in new rochelle, population near 80,000, considered the epicenter in this state. tonight, they're among more than a dozen states under a state of emergency. more than 100 schools or districts in the u.s. are now closed. >> it's devastating not knowing what you are going to do last minute in regards to baby sitting and daycares. >> reporter: they are mar part f more than 360 million students worldwide who are not in school due to the virus. >> it has impacted us, but, obviously, we want to make sure everybody is safe, so we're just complying, like everybody else. >> reporter: today, harvard university joined a growing list of colleges from coast to coast cancelling classes and telling students to go home. the united states is starting to
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shut down as millions of americans are working from home. companies like amazon are advising employees to do so for rest of the month. the coronavirus is hitting airlines especially hard. american, delta, united, and jetblue are reducing flights. southwest is expected to lose up to $300 million in revenue. >> misses on the floater. >> reporter: with the c.d.c. warning against large gatherings, the sports world respond, limiting locker room access to players and staff. the ivy league canceled their men's and women's basketball tournaments, and pressure is mounting for the n.c.a.a. to take some sort of action before march madness. >> here's your clue: >> reporter: and spelling out the widespread concern, live audiences are banned from popular game shows like "jeopardy!" and "wheel of fortune." within days, the national guard will arrive here in new rochelle to help distribute food within that area of the one-mile
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radius. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, meg, thank you. deaths are in washington state, most in a nursing home in kirkland, and today, washington's governor announced tough new measures to stop the spread at long-term care facilities. here's jonathan vigliotti. >> reporter: 21 residents at the kirkland facility now have tested positive for the virus, and families are on edge, forced to communicate through windows. sisters carmen gray and bridget parkhill: >> it should have been a priority to get everybody tested so they could get all of the negative people out of here before they turned positive. >> unfortunately, they waited too long. >> reporter: there are 64 employees now showing symptoms, so far. with the virus now in 10 nursing homes in king county alone, governor jay inslee is sounding the alarm, iming some of the strictest requirements in the country for older adults at all long-term facilities in the state, including limiting visitors to one per day,
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ecial prective gear, and screening employees for symptoms before each shift. >> there are 1,000 people infected today in seven or eight weeks, there could be 64,000 people infected in state of washington if we don't somehow slow down this epidemic. >> reporter: adults 60 and over are at higher risk for the virus, especially those who have chronic medical conditions, such as heart diseerksz diabetes, or lung disease. the c.d.c. is now advising them to stock up on gross expreez medicines, stay home as much as possible, and keep space between themselves and others. and in a sign of chaos unfolding behind the scenes, life care says they believe several of their residents may have died overnight in the hospital, but, they say, they have not been able to get a a hold of state health officials to confirm. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, jonathan, thank you for the update. tonight, passengers are coming
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off that cruise ship that finally docked in california after being stuck at sea. 21 on board tested positive for the virus. getting everyone off is a slow process. and as carter evans reports tonight, passengers are get ated.>> reporter: tonight, confusion aboard the "grand princess." here's an announcement from the the candidate: >> reporter: i detected a little bit of frustration there. >> it sounded like he's not getting the answers that he needs. he's got all these people on board that he's dealing with. just help him out. give him what he needs. >> reporter: more than 400 passengers left the ship on monday, a group of california residents were taken to nearby military bases for quarantine, and hundreds of canadianss boarded a charter flight home. some 2,000 passengers still
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waiting on board were given color-coded tags. >> we do have some buses ready for aqua. >> reporter: maureen james was supposed to leave today, but she's concerned. >> our biggest trepidation is we still have to be tested and we still have to know if we have the virus. >> reporter: to speed up the process here, the government now plans to test passengers for covid-19 after they're in quarantine. also, on the fast track right now, a lawsuit against princess cruises, claiming the ship continued to sail knowing the virus was on board. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, carter, thank you. tonight, the u.s. is lacking a crucial weapon to slow the outbreak-- that's adequate testing. just over 5,000 patient s have been tested in this country. now, at this point in south korea's outbreak, more than 100,000 had been tested. we asked president trump today about the government's sluggish response. hy has the u.s. been so slow with testing? others countries have tested
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tens of thousands. >> i think the u.s. has done a very good job on testing. we had to change things that were done that were nobody's fault. perhaps they wanted to do something a different way, but it was a much slower process from a previous administration. and we did change them. we made the changes. but the testing has gone very well. when people need a test, they can get a test. when the professionals need a test, when they need tests for people, they can get test. >> o'donnell: the president says they can get a test, but a spokesperson at medstar washington hospital center right here told us as of today, their hospital had not received any test kits, and that hospital is not alone. we turn now to dr. jon lapook on why these tests are so important. >> reporter: today, health and human services secretary alex azar said as of this week, america has ramped up its production of coronavirus tests. >> 1.1 million tests have been shipped out to public health laboratories and private labs and hospitals.
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at this time, another one million tests are available to fill orders or are being shipped. >> reporter: but according to a database looking at state results, just over 5,000 people have been tested in the united states since january 20, when the first positive case was detected. in comparison, south korea is now doing more than 10,000 tests per day. tonight, the administration still has not explained why it refused to use a test created by the world health organization weeks ago. by the end of february, 60 countries had reportedly gotten test kits from the who, but the centers for disease control reportedly decided to create its own version as the virus was spreading. >> no one is answering that right now. and i am really frustrated with that. i'm frustrated that it happened. >> reporter: and without knowing where the positive cases are, public health officials are hampered in their efforts to track and contain the virus. >> we are only going to get on top of this outbreak if we know who is it affected and able to quarantine people rapidly. >> reporter: some state health
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departments say they're worried. >> we've only received two test kits to date. >> reporter: on capitol hill today, robert red field was asked about the nation's capacity for testing. >> we under-invested in the paemg labs. >> there are not enough people. >> there is not enough equipment, there are not enough people. >> o'donnell: and dr. jon lapook joins us now. so if nearly 60 other countries used the who test, why didn't the u.s.? >> reporter: well, norah, this afternoon, a senior official told cbs news that it considers that who test to be research only, not diagnostic, which i entertainment to mean they don't trust it. meanwhile, we know that test signature key to containment, especially early in the outbreak when you want to try to identify people, isolate them and figure out who their contacts are. we're happy to have it now, especially as a clinician. i want to know who has it and who doesn't have it. at this point, maybe it will help us with containment because it will help us to say what is the community spread and public
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health officials can figure out measures to try to at least slow the spread. >> o'donnell: such an important point. dr. lapook, thank you. more now, on the president's crip tripp to capitol hill. he spoke with republicans about the ways to ease the economic fallout from the outbreak. options include tax relief and help for hourly workers, and weijia jiang reports he's shrugging off questions about his health. >> reporter: president trump insists he does not need to be tested for coronavirus. >> i feel extremely good. >> reporter: even though he's what close contact with members of congress who were exposeed to the disease, like congressman mat gaetz who rode with him on air force one yesterday, before he tested negative. >> i spoke to the white house doctor. he said he sees no reason to do it. there are no symptoms, no anything. >> reporter: the president also claimed the country's economic pain due to the virus was overblown. >> it will go away. just stay calm. it will go away. >> reporter: and though want markets finished up almost 5%
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following yesterday's nosedive, the administration is pushing several measure measures to bole economy, including paid sick leave, loans to small businesses and a payroll tax cut. but both republicans and democrats said that was unlikely to pass. >> you know, it doesn't help stop the spread of the coronavirus-- more corporate tax cuts. >> reporter: the virus' impact on the travel industry is also a major concern. airlines are slashing flights and freezing higher while cruise ship companies are being forced to scale back. >> you really have to keep the economy from being locked down when it comes to travel. all those jobs associated with the travel industry, i think, are most at risk. >> reporter: today, president trump hosted the c.e.o.ing of several major health insurance companies announcing that they have agreed to waive the co-pays when people get tested for coronavirus, woferg did 240 million americans. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, weijia, thank you. now, italy's outbreak, the worst
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outside china, hit a grim milestone today, topping more than 10,000 cases. more than 630 people have died, the vast majority elderly patients. and italy now is essentially on lockdown. seth doane tonight with a new warning from the prime minister. >> reporter: in an unprecedented step to slow the spread of the virus, italy told the entire country to stay at home. the government guidelines, which extend into early april, ban public gatherings, close schools and universities nationwide, and shutter shops and restaurants by 6:00 p.m. working from home is encouraged, and violators risk three months in jail or a $225 fine. on a beautiful day like today, generally, there would be 80% or 90% more people. but this is not some sort of mlitary lockdown as you might imagine. people are allowed out of the house if they have good reason. for those who ventured out, social disangs was enforced
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purpose there were temperature checks at portz and borders, all to try to save a health system already under pressure. >> it's like a bomb that explodes every day. >> reporter: dr. giacomo grasselli works in the hard-hit northern region of lombarda. he said they're seeing a tsunami of patients. >> we're worried at a certain point we will not be able to treat every patient because at a certain point, the resources will not be enough for the patients. so i really want to tell everyone-- italians, not only-- that the only way not to get to that point is to stop the spread of the disease. >> reporter: and tonight, italy's prime minister is not excluding measures, norah, that would be even more restrictive. >> o'donnell: all right, seth, thank you. and there is still much moreaheg news." voters in six states head to the polls as the coronavirus forces changes on the campaign trail.
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♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm i've got a lot to tell you about this morning starting with how the coronavirus effected spring break as millions are flocking for the week off of school, a lot of them heading to florida, the governor has contained an emergency trying to contain an outbreak of the potentially deadly virus but still the beaches are hoping for big crowds and concerned about the businesses. >> they can get anywhere from 3
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